The Crabb Family (minus Kelly Bowling) is reuniting for a “rare” concert together early next year. Thus the press release, as quoted in this a.m.’s ShowPrep:
Less than a dozen years ago, the Crabb Family took the Christian music industry by storm when they burst onto the scene. Then after a relatively short duration, they retired as the Crabb Family in August 2007, mostly due to the members’ individual passions to extend their ministry into other musical endeavors and directions. Nevertheless, the siblings and extended families remain close-so close, in fact, that they have scheduled this special musical reunion event to be held in Ashland.
I love that “mostly” in the second sentence - so much history submerged beneath such a slight adverb. Indeed, you gotta pity the writer here (and no, I don’t mean for using “less” where “fewer” should have been, though given that the comments threads have recently turned into a grammar police state, I’m sure this wouldn’t have gone unnoticed). The reunion is only momentous if it’s billed as a night that will recapture that old Crabb Family magic - and when it was good, it was really magical. Thus the reminder of not-so-bygone glories.
But now you’ve got to explain why a family of talented musicians in their musical prime would choose to disband and undertake separate careers that have, over the past few years, mostly confirmed that indeed one cannot unbake the cake. Well, whatever the reason, it wasn’t because they didn’t get along or because success caused any dissent or strife … no no no … no ma’am, no way, no siree … The siblings and extended families remain close … so close, in fact, that they have scheduled this special musical event. All together now: Kumbaya my lord … kumbaya …
Anyway … as I’ve said before, we can’t miss them if they won’t go away, but nevertheless this should be a good concert. Seriously. I’ve heard different recombinations of different siblings a few times since The Disbanding, and “retirement” seems to have freed them a bit to come into greater self-possession professionally and stylistically, so that when they return to the more conventional gospel they popularized as a family band, the sound is reinvigorated, somewhat reimagined.
Which is a good thing, not least of all because, given how young they all are, the Crabbs could easily become the first group to periodically reunite over the course of more years than they were actually ever originally together. Deep thoughts.Email this Post